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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVAnoun

    a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain


  1. apoplexynoun

    Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain.

  2. apoplexynoun

    Great anger and excitement.

  3. Etymology: Old English poplexye, Late Latin poplexia, apoplexia, from Greek ἀποπληξία (apoplēxia), from ἀποπλήσσειν (apoplēssein) to cripple by a stroke; ἀπό (apo) from + πλήσσειν (plēssein) to strike: compare with French apoplexie. See Plague.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APOPLEXYnoun

    A sudden deprivation of all internal and external sensation, and of all motion, unless of the heart and thorax. The cause is generally a repletion, and indicates evacuation, joined with stimuli. John Quincy

    Etymology: ἀπόϖληξις.

    Apoplexy is a sudden abolition of all the senses, external and internal, and of all voluntary motion, by the stoppage of the flux and reflux of the animal spirits through the nerves destined for those motions. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy, mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    A fever may take away my reason, or memory, and an apoplexy leave neither sense nor understanding. John Locke.


  1. Apoplexy

    Apoplexy (from Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία (apoplexia) 'a striking away') is rupture of an internal organ and the accompanying symptoms. The term formerly referred to what is now called a stroke. Nowadays, health care professionals do not use the term, but instead specify the anatomic location of the bleeding, such as cerebral, ovarian or pituitary. Informally or metaphorically, the term apoplexy is associated with being furious, especially as "apoplectic".


  1. apoplexy

    Apoplexy is a sudden impairment of neurological function, resulting from any pathological process that causes insufficient blood flow to the brain. This term can be used to refer to a stroke or, in more specific terms, cerebral hemorrhage or cerebral infarction. It often manifests through symptoms such as loss of consciousness, paralysis, or loss of sensation. Apoplexy can also refer to a fit of extreme anger or rage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apoplexynoun

    sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain

  2. Etymology: [OE. poplexye, LL. poplexia, apoplexia, fr. Gr. 'apoplhxi`a, fr. 'apoplh`ssein to cripple by a stroke; 'apo` from + plh`ssein to strike: cf. F. apoplexie. See Plague.]


  1. Apoplexy

    Apoplexy is bleeding within internal organs and the accompanying symptoms. For example, ovarian apoplexy is bleeding in the ovaries. The term formerly referred to what is now called a stroke; nowadays, health care professionals typically specify the type of apoplexy, such as pituitary apoplexy and ovarian apoplexy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apoplexy

    a′po-pleks-i, n. loss of sensation and of motion by a sudden stroke, generally applied by modern medical writers to rupture of a blood-vessel, with hemorrhage in the brain or its membranes, whether with or without consciousness—also figuratively.—adjs. Apoplec′tic, -al, pertaining to or causing apoplexy: suffering from, or likely to suffer from, apoplexy.—adv. Apoplec′tically.—n. Ap′oplex (arch.), apoplexy.—adj. Ap′oplexed (Shak.), affected with apoplexy. [Gr. apoplēxiaapo, from, away, and plēss-ein, to strike.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apoplexy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apoplexy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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